Free health and fitness membership available during the summer holidays for young people

By Matthew Shannon June 11, 2024

Media Release 

Free health and fitness membership available during the summer holidays for young people

Registered charity, Everybody Health and Leisure [Everybody] are delighted to launch a funded gym and swim membership for young people aged 14 – 16 years in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

The memberships, which are being funded by Cheshire East Council as part of the Department for Education holiday activity and food programme (HAF) will provide free, unlimited access to Everybody’s gyms and swimming pools at their leisure centres across Cheshire East, during 1st July – 31st August 2024.

The HAF programme provides free activities during the main school holidays to children and young people in receipt of benefit-related free school meals, funded by the Department for Education as part of the government’s HAF programme being delivered across Cheshire East.

Kerry Shea, Director of Health & Communities and Deputy CEO at Everybody Health & Leisure shares

“We are grateful to receive this funding from Cheshire East Council, so that we can offer this valuable service to 14 – 16 year-olds in our communities. Teenagers often fall through the gaps of funded holiday provision, and this is a brilliant initiative to make sure that we can support these young people to be more physically active throughout the summer.”

Douglas Hubbert, Project Manager, at Cheshire East Council shares

“Cheshire East is thrilled to announce our commitment to fostering health and well-being among young people in Cheshire East. This holiday season, we are proud to work in partnership with Everybody to provide healthy and enriching activities at no cost to those on free school meals. Additionally, we are excited to offer teens free access to the gym and swimming at Everybody Health & Leisure during July and August. Our goal is to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to stay active, healthy, and engaged during their holidays as part of the HAF programme.”

If you would like to find out more about Everybody’s funded membership, please visit: or email: [email protected] limited places are available.


Notes to Editor

Everybody Health & Leisure are a registered charity which aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. The charity operates 16 leisure facilities including 9 swimming pools and 7 Taste for Life cafes across the Cheshire East region, and delivers a range of targeted health, sports and disability and inclusion programmes. For more information please visit: or follow on Facebook @EverybodyHealthLeisure and Instagram @ebleisure

Media Contact

Name: Matt Shannon

Organisation: Everybody Health & Leisure

Email: [email protected]